Ensemble Auditions

CHORAL | OPERA | STRINGS | BRASS, WOODWIND, and PERCUSSION | JAZZ | HIP HOP & POPULAR MUSIC
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CHORAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

This audition information has been updated as of August 3, 2021.

If you enjoy singing, we hope you will join one of our choirs this fall. All students (no matter their major), are welcome in any of our choirs. We have choirs appropriate for all experience levels, from people who have sung in a choir for many years, to people who would like to join a choir for the first time. 

Auditions for Chamber Choir, University Singers, and Repertoire Singers will begin on Thursday, September 23, and continue through the first three days of classes. We recommend you audition during the Week of Welcome (9/23, 9/24, or 9/26), if possible, but we will continue to hear people during the first few days of the term. After a brief 10-minute audition, we will be able to let you know which choir might be the best fit for you in our program.

Please note that Chamber Choir (M/W 2:00-2:50 & T/TH 12:00-1:20) and University Singers (MWF 11:00-11:50) audition in the fall only, and members commit for the entire year. Repertoire Singers (T/TH 3:00-3:50) will accept new members each term.

WHAT TO PREPARE
Please have one song prepared – it can be an art song, aria, folk song, or musical theater piece. A pianist will be provided for you. You will also be asked to perform brief exercises that assess your range, aural skills, and music literacy level.

AUDITIONS
Audition sign-ups are available online through the following link at Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4AAFAE2BA7FA7-uochoir

Below are the scheduled 2021 choir audition days/times during the Week of Welcome. If you do not get a chance to audition during the Week of Welcome, please attend the choir(s) that you are interested in joining during the first days of the term so we can arrange an audition.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday 9.23.21 10:00 am-3:00 pm MUS 163
Friday, 9.24.21 10:00 am-3:00 pm MUS 163
Sunday, 9.26.21 1:00 pm-5:00 pm MUS 163

If you have questions about Chamber Choir or Repertoire Singers please contact Dr. Sharon J. Paul at sjpaul@uoregon.edu, and if you have questions about  University Singers please contact Dr. Melissa Brunkanat mbrunkan@uoregon.edu. If you have general questions about the choirs, please feel free to contact either of us!

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UNIVERSITY OPERA ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

This audition information has been updated as of August 3, 2021.

 

The University Opera Ensemble is open to all members of the university community by audition only. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THEIR STUDIO TEACHER'S PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE!

 

PLANNED REPERTOIRE FOR THE 2021-22 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

February 2022—Los Elementos, by Antonio de Literes (Baroque Spanish Chamber Opera for 6 singers & chorus); El Poeta Calculista, by Manuel Garcia (Spanish Chamber Opera for two singers, tenor & soprano)

May 2022—A Musical Theater selection TBA by Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, or another classical musical theater repertoire.

 

Auditions for the Fall 2021 UO Opera Ensemble will take place in person on Friday, September 24th from 4:30-6 pm in Beall Hall.

 

AUDITIONS

  • Please prepare two pieces: 
    1) One Baroque Opera Aria in Italian or Spanish. 
    2) One Musical Theater piece or art song in English.
  • Send Dr. Karen Esquivel PDF copies of your audition music
  • Audition sign-ups are available online through the following link at Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA8AC2AAAF8C70-opera 
  • Bring a headshot & current performance resume to your audition.
  • You will be asked to discuss your previous Opera or Music Theater experience, share a bit about yourself, and ask any questions you might have. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Esquivel at esquivel@uoregon.edu.

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STRING AUDITIONS

This audition information has been updated as of August 3, 2021.

 

String Auditions will take place in person on Saturday, September 26th, 2021. Auditions are open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions. Sign up for an audition online.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS
Click here for 2021 audition excerpts

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MAJORS

  • For UOSO, please prepare the same materials as music majors (see above). Campus Orchestra is available without an audition. Click here for more information. 

 

PREPARATION TIPS

  • Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.
  • Try to play beyond the notes. Of course, technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation are of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.
  • Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

QUESTIONS
Dr. David Jacobs If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages. General information about the orchestra including audition information is available at uosymphony.com

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BRASS, WOODWINDS, and PERCUSSION AUDITIONS

This audition information has been updated as of August 3, 2021.

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions.

DATE & TIME INSTRUMENT LOCATION
Thursday 9.23.21
9-10:30 am
Flute MUS 190
Thursday 9.23.21
10:45am-12:30pm
Clarinet MUS 190
Thursday 9.23.21
1:30-2:45 pm
Oboe MUS 190
Thursday 9.23.21
3-4:30 pm
Saxophone MUS 190
Thursday 9.23.21
4:30-5:30 pm
Bassoon MUS 190
Thursday 9.23.21
6:30-8 pm
Percussion MUS 190
Friday 9.24.21
9-10:30 am
Trumpet MUS 190
Friday 9.24.21
10:45 am-noon
Horn MUS 190
Friday 9.24.21
1-2:15 pm
Trombone MUS 190
Friday 9.24.21
2:30-3:45pm
Euphonium & Tuba MUS 190
 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS

1. Click here for 2021 audition excerpts
2. Sight-reading: You may be asked to sight-read a piece during your audition.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MUSIC MAJORS

For Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, please prepare the same material as music majors. Campus Band and Campus Orchestra are available without an audition.

 

AUDITIONS

1. Bring everything you need for a successful audition.

2. Arrive early (i.e., you may need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).

3. Please wear professional dress for the audition.

4. Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside your audition room.

 

PREPARATION TIPS

1. Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.

2. Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.

3. Practice sight-reading. Make it fun by reading duets with a partner.

4. Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

 

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages.

 

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Big Bands, Combos, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble 
Fall Term - Auditions for the UO jazz ensembles are held during the week PRIOR to the first full week of classes each Fall term. A single audition is used to place students in Big Bands, Combos, Latin and Guitar ensembles. Students auditioning for these ensembles in the fall need not re-audition in Winter or Spring terms. 

 

Winter and Spring Terms – Prior to the beginning of both Winter and Spring terms, Open Chair Auditions are announced to fill ensemble vacancies. Open Chair Auditions are held the term before the vacancies occur during Dead Week. 

 

Fall 2021 Auditions for ALL UO Jazz Ensembles will return to a live, in-person format! 

PREPARATION TIPS (All Students) & AUDITIONS
Follow the link below to access materials needed specifically for each instrumental audition and to sign-up for your individual audition appointment.
Click here for all 2021 Jazz Ensemble Audition information & Sign-Ups.

Dates and times for UO Jazz Ensemble auditions are listed by instrument below.
(All auditions will be held in room 184 of the School of Music during the Week of Welcome (the week BEFORE classes begin Fall term).)

The audition information below has been updated as of August 20, 2021.

DATE & TIME

INSTRUMENT

LOCATION

Wednesday 9.22.21
9 am - 1 pm
Jazz Saxophone MUS 184
Wednesday 9.22.21
7:30 - 10:30pm
Jazz Drum Set MUS 184
Thursday 9.23.21       
1 - 3:30 pm

Jazz Trombone

MUS 184
Thursday 9.23.21         3:30- 5:30 pm

Jazz Trumpet

MUS 184
Thursday 9.23.21         
7 - 9 pm

Jazz Piano

MUS 184
Friday 9.24.21              10am - 1pm Jazz Bass MUS 184
Friday 9.24.21             
1:30 - 4:30pm
Jazz Guitar MUS 184

JAZZArts Oregon Combo

The JazzArts Oregon Combo is a small group of student musicians representing the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program in concerts throughout the region. Ensemble members are chosen annually in a talent-based audition prior to the beginning of each school year. The auditions will be judged by a panel led by the Director of the Jazz Studies Program. 

The Herbert T. Merker Scholarship Endowment
A scholarship fund has generously been established by Herb Merker to support the JazzArts Oregon Combo. Herbert T. Merker Jazz Combo Scholarship recipients will comprise the group for the duration of their award year with each receiving a scholarship of approximately $1000 for the academic year. 

AUDITIONS
Selection of ensemble members for the JazzArts Oregon Combo are based upon an additional live audition. This audition is held in a small group format.

DATE & TIME

INSTRUMENT

LOCATION

Monday 9.20.21
4 pm - 7 pm
JazzArts Oregon Auditions (All Instruments) MUS 184

(All students auditioning should plan to arrive at 4:00 and stay until the end of the designated audition period.)

Click here for JazzArts Oregon Audition information & Sign-Ups

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HIP HOP & POPULAR MUSIC ENSEMBLE

AUDITIONS

DATE & TIME

INSTRUMENT

LOCATION

Friday 9.24.21
7:00-10:00 pm
Hip Hop & Popular Music Auditions 
(singers will audition from 7:00-8:30; all others will audition from 8:30-10:00)
MUS 178

If you have questions, contact instructor Sean Peterson at peterso9@uoregon.edu or program director Toby Koenigsberg at tobyk@uoregon.edu.

Singers: All singing vocalists should have one popular song prepared to sing, accompanied by a backing track or live/solo accompaniment. Choose a song that shows off your best skills as well as your stylistic tastes. Because singers in these groups must know how to work with a live band, acapella auditions will not be accepted.

Instrumentalists and DJs: All instrumentalists and DJs should learn the following two songs for the audition:

  1. “Ain’t No Love” by Jay-Z (MTV Unplugged)  
  2. “Cut Chemist Suite” by Ozomatli

Instrumentalists should learn their parts as played on the recordings. If their instrument isn’t on the recording, they should contribute by approximating some musical aspect of the recorded arrangement (sax might play the flute part from “Ain’t No Love,” e.g.).

MCs: MCs should rap at least the first verse from “Ain’t No Love” (see link above). In addition, MCs should prepare at least one 16-bar verse, or two 8-bar verses, of their own creation that it’s possible to perform over one of the songs the instrumentalists must prepare (see above).

In addition to the two prepared songs, one or more short chord progressions will be taught to instrumentalists by ear in the audition, and instrumentalists will play them back with an assigned groove/style. If you are unable to learn one or both of the assigned songs above, we still want to hear you audition, so please come and at least participate in this ear-learning activity.

FAQs

Q: I don’t freestyle/improvise/harmonize/I’ve never played in a band before, should I still audition?

A: Yes! These auditions are just to see where you are at right now.

Q: I don’t like hip hop but I like metal/indie/R&B/ska can I audition?

A: Yes! Because of the bureaucracy involved in getting classes listed, every popular music ensemble is listed as Hip Hop Ensemble at this moment. However, this doesn’t mean that they exclusively play hip hop. One group does focus on mainly hip hop, and the others are created based on the styles and personalities of other musicians that audition. The more people that audition and want to play a certain style, the more likely we are to be able to put that kind of band together.

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